CAN Newsletter – Celebrating Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week!
April 9, 2024

CAN Newsletter
2024 Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week - April 22-26

On April 22-26, 2024, we will join others in celebrating Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week (APAW)! Led by the National Afterschool Association (NAA), APAW is a dedicated week to recognize, appreciate, and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours.

An estimated 850,000 professionals work with children and youth during out-of-school hours, providing enriching experiences. Research shows that skilled and knowledgeable program staff are the backbone of program quality and are key to desired positive youth outcomes. We hope everyone joins us on April 22-26 to celebrate afterschool professionals and continue to advocate for job quality in support of these essential professionals throughout the year.

Here are some ideas to show your appreciation:

  • Declare on social media: “Research shows that Afterschool professionals make a profound difference in the lives of young people. #heartofafterschool”
  • Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to the afterschool professionals you know.
  • Send an email to an afterschool professional’s supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.
  • Make healthy or non-food treats for the staff at your afterschool program. For more resources and information, check out
  • Access additional resources and a communications toolkit to celebrate in your community!

We want to thank all afterschool professionals, the #HeartOfAfterschool, for providing quality programs that make a difference in the lives of our youth. 


In This Newsletter:

Photo of the CAN team at the General Session

CAN at #NAA24

The National Afterschool Association Convention, #NAA24, was a blast in Dallas, TX! It was a week full of connection and community! We started the convention by having our very own Nat Rosales on the main stage, sharing how important it is to #BeInclusive. Nat shared their journey of getting an Autism diagnosis as an adult and the integral role that a culture of belonging played in shaping how they now show up in the world, and how CAN views accessibility. You can watch Nat’s full Story Showcase on NAA’s YouTube channel, starting at 18:37.

Throughout the conference, we hosted, co-hosted, and spoke in a total of 7 workshops. We started Monday off by co-hosting with ASAPConnect on the Power of Partnerships, showcased our Physical Health & Wellness work and how others can coordinate their own Play Day celebrations, and ended the day by sharing our Equity journey as an organization.

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Cultivate with CAN at BOOST 2024!
April 29 - May 3, 2024 in Palm Springs, CA

We’re going to BOOST! The annual BOOST Conference is the largest, most recognized, and comprehensive global convening for after school, Expanded Learning, and in and out-of-school time professionals. CAN proudly supports the BOOST Conference as a Workshop Strand sponsor; we participate with an Exhibitor Booth, and host a Cabana! We can’t wait to see you in sunny Palm Springs, CA!

Explore our Workshop Strand, our Exhibit Booth information, and how you can ‘CAN’nect with us at our Cabana down below!

2025 Site Coordinator Symposium Save the Date

Save the Date for the 2025 Site Coordinator Symposium!
February 5, 7 & 8, 2025

The Site Coordinator Network is excited to announce the 8th Annual 2025 Site Coordinator Symposium!

Presented by the Site Coordinator Network and supported by the California AfterSchool Network, California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division, and the System of Support for Expanded Learning. This hybrid conference will provide learning opportunities and lots of fun, virtually and In-Person. 


  • Virtual (Via Zoom): February 5, 2025
  • In-Person: February 7-8, 2025
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Audit Finding Calculators to Support ELO-P & TK Programs
March 22, 2024

The California Department of Education has posted two new Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) penalty calculator tools designed to assist LEAs and auditors in estimating the cost of audit findings related to Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Early Enrollment and the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P).

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Share How Effective ELO-P is in your Community!
Survey Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2024

The Partnership for Children and Youth is asking LEAs and CBOs to complete surveys on how ELO-P is being effectively utilized in your area! As there is currently no statewide data on ELO-P, the surveys, together with interviews with a number of LEAs and CBOs, are primarily intended to collect data and other measures of success to raise awareness and support from state decision makers in this current budget cycle (multi-billion dollar deficits) for sustained funding of ELO-P. Also, it is intended to cultivate support for effectively leveraging ELO-P funding, to raise awareness and support from local decision makers so they invest their ELO-P funding effectively, and to help inform what data should be collected at the state level.

Spring 2024 ELO-P Academy invitation

Register for the 2nd Week of the Spring 2024 ELO-P Academy!
April 3, 4, 16, and 18, 2024 

CAN, in partnership with the CA Dept. of Education’s Expanded Learning Division, and the System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL) are excited to offer the 2024 Spring Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Academy! This virtual four-day academy is designed to support CA educators with the Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs (ELO-P). 

Academy Details

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Daily 

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Best Practices for Supporting Educators to Address Children’s Behaviors that Challenge Adults
Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 3:30 - 5:00 PM PST

Register for the next installment of the California Department of Education’s Opportunities for All Branch’s Preschool through Third Grade (P-3) webinar series! This upcoming webinar, Best Practices for Supporting Educators to Address Children’s Behaviors that Challenge Adults, is intended to support local educational agencies, community-based organizations, and their partners to understand the meaning behind children’s behavior and increase educators’ knowledge of positive behavioral supports to address behaviors that challenge them. Participants will understand that children’s behavior is a form of communication and learn developmentally appropriate strategies to support inclusion of all children. 


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